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  • Armwood and Sean Callahan: 25 years of grit, grind and gains

    Armwood and Sean Callahan: 25 years of grit, grind and gains SEFFNER — When Jonathan Ordway was in middle school, his classmates teased him. Not about what he wore, or what was in his lunchbox, or the way he looked. Instead, they could not believe he was actually going to attend Armwood High School. “Armpit High School,” Ordway said they called ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 7:34 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Cotey: Five things to know about this football season

    Cotey: Five things to know about this football season The 2014 high school football season kicks off tonight with 78 teams from the Tampa Bay area on a quest for district, region and state titles. Here are five things you need to know about this season. 1. Winning a state title is getting harder Remember a few years ago ...
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    Thu. Aug. 28, 2014 at 7:13 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Step right up: HomeTeam Pick'em is back

    Welcome to another season of HomeTeam Pick Em, where I will attempt to defend my 2013 Championship against all comers. A few important notes: 1. Use your SAME name and email every week. I don't care if you wanna be cute and go by Thunderlips or Lucious Confucious, but once ...
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    Wed. Aug. 27, 2014 at 5:34 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • HomeTeam 25: Same view from the top

    HomeTeam 25: Same view from the top Pardon me while I just steal a little from past intros on how we picked Tampa Bay’s best football team. The ones that mention how once again our choices for No. 1 came down to Plant and Armwood, how one team had the tiniest of advantages over the other. Throw ...
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    Mon. Aug. 25, 2014 at 7:05 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Preseason football: Berkeley Prep 30, Gulf 6

    NEW PORT RICHEY — A strong offseason had Gulf thinking big things, but starting the 2014 campaign with the best team on its schedule might have squelched some of the enthusiasm. A solid defensive effort and a grind-it-out running game as well as a pair of touchdown passes by Brad ...
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    Sat. Aug. 23, 2014 at 12:35 a.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Wharton: 2014 football preview

    Wharton: 2014 football preview Wharton Coach: David Mitchell (10th season, 57-41) Last season: 7-4 Class/district: 8A-6 Colors: Navy and white Stadium: Wildcat Stadium, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa Playoff history: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 Last appearance: Lost 37-10 to Orlando Dr. Phillips. Season schedule Aug. 29 at Spoto, 7:30 Sept. 5 vs. ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:49 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Bloomingdale: 2014 football preview

    Bloomingdale: 2014 football preview Bloomingdale Coach: Brian Surcy (first season)  Last season: 6-4 Class/district: 8A-6 Colors: Black, red and white Stadium: Charlie Harris Stadium, 1700 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico Playoff history: 2008 Last appearance: Lost 48-6 to Lakeland. Season schedule Aug. 29 at Strawberry Crest, 7:30 Sept. 5 vs. Brandon, 7:30 Sept. 19 vs. ...
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    Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 at 8:32 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Durant: 2014 football preview

    Durant  Coach: Mike Gottman (11th season, 70-48) Last season: 3-7  Class/district: 7A-8 Colors: Vegas gold and navy  Stadium: Ron Frost Stadium, 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City Playoff history: 2002, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2012 Last appearance: Beat Tampa Bay Tech 34-7; lost 21-14 to Newsome. Season schedule Aug. 29 vs. Armwood, 7:30 Sept. 5  at Sickles, ...
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    Mon. Aug. 18, 2014 at 10:11 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Freedom: 2014 football preview

    Freedom Coach: Todd Donohoe (third season, 6-14; eighth overall, 19-47) Last season: 3-7 Class/district: 7A-7 Colors: Red, white and blue  Stadium: Freedom Stadium, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa  Playoff history: 2006, 2009 Last appearance: Lost 17-7 to Countryside Season schedule Aug. 29 at King, 7:30  Sept. 5 vs. Middleton, 7:30  ...
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    Fri. Aug. 15, 2014 at 8:47 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Tampa Bay Tech: 2014 football preview

    Tampa Bay Tech: 2014 football preview Tampa Bay Tech Coach: Jayson Roberts (fourth season, 22-11) Last season: 6-4 Class/district: 7A-7 Colors: Navy, red and white  Stadium: Titan Stadium, 66410 Orient Road, Tampa Playoff history: 2000, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Last appearance: Lost 34-7 to Durant.  Season schedule Aug. 29 at Newsome, 7:30  Sept. 12 ...
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    Fri. Aug. 15, 2014 at 7:37 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sickles: 2014 football preview

    Sickles: 2014 football preview Sickles  Coach: Brian Turner (fifth season, 33-11) Last season: 11-2 Class/district: 7A-7 Colors: Green and white  Stadium: Gryphons’ Lair, 7950 Gunn Hwy., Tampa Playoff history: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 Last appearance: Beat Plant City 17-10; beat East Bay 27-0; lost 19-14 to Kissimmee Osceola. Season schedule Aug. 29 vs. Robinson, ...
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    Fri. Aug. 15, 2014 at 6:55 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Class 7A, District 7: 2014 football preview

    Class 7A, District 7: 2014 football preview We’re rolling out daily district previews for all 78 varsity football teams in the area. Today we look at a mixed Hillsborough/Pasco County district. Overview Sickles and Tampa Bay Tech were supposed to be the teams to beat last season, but the Titans stumbled down the stretch and Gaither sneaked ...
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    Fri. Aug. 15, 2014 at 5:58 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Robinson: 2014 football preview

    Robinson: 2014 football preview Robinson Coach: Shawn Taylor (second season, 4-6) Last season: 4-6 Class/district: 6A-8 Colors: Black, gray and white Stadium: Jack Peters Stadium, 6311 S. Lois Ave., Tampa Playoff history: 1963, 1967, 1971, 1977, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Last appearance: Beat Port Orange Atlantic 41-8; beat Lakewood ...
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    Thu. Aug. 14, 2014 at 8:53 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Armwood: 2014 football preview

    Armwood: 2014 football preview Armwood Coach: Sean Callahan (25th season, 195-101) Last season: 14-1 Class/district: 6A-8 Colors: Royal blue, white and maroon  Stadium: Lyle Flagg Stadium, 12000 U.S. Highway 92, Seffner Playoff history: 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Last appearance: Beat Venice 31-19; ...
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    Thu. Aug. 14, 2014 at 6:41 p.m. | John C. Cotey

  • Sunlake: 2014 football preview

    Sunlake: 2014 football preview Sunlake Coach: Bill Browning (eighth season, 40-33; 25th overall, 132-118) Last season: 9-2 Class/district: 6A-6 Colors: Black, gold and teal Stadium: Sunlake Stadium, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., Land O’Lakes Playoff history: 2011, 2013 Last appearance: Lost 17-14 to Gainesville. Season schedule Aug. 29 at Pasco, 7:30  Sept. 5 vs. River Ridge, ...
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    Wed. Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:51 p.m. | John C. Cotey

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